I was thinking that when the Gods were turning out the climates, continents and occupants thereof, that there is some sort of karmic justice to the way mankind is distributed over this hemisphere. For example, my Canadian family has been suffering through a very cold and miserable winter, while the folks down here hardly notice a difference in the weather, although floods and hurricanes can, and will, do serious damage. While the folks in the Northern Hemisphere learn to live and thrive in minus temperatures, and the presence of oil sands and diamonds drive a forceful economy, the easy going climate of this region of South America somewhat softens the impact of a less than stellar economy. Hopefully all of the non-spending backpackers will go back to their northern roots, acquire meaningful and productive jobs, and return as spendy snowbirds.
I know that further south, in Peru, and parts of Ecuador, the mineral wealth is just beginning to be exploited, and the presence of the big players on an international scale may eventually bring some wealth and prosperity to those folks who are really struggling to live, let alone enjoy some of the bright things being pumped out of China for the rest of us. I sincerely hope that their government leaders have the courage and an understanding of the world economy so that the welfare of their people is put before the instant payoffs offered by the multinational mining corporations. I don't pretend to know what the individual governments in South America have in store with respect to their foreign policy, nor do I have a clue about their domestic strategies, and all I can comment on is the very real need for social reform, education improvements, and a clear imbalance between the wealthy and not-at-all-wealthy, which needs to be addressed in my view. From what I have been reading of Cuba, I am guessing that I may be somewhat disappointed with the results of the Socialist Revolution in Cuba, and until I see the country and gain some insight into the ways people are living, it is not for me to judge.
I feel as if I have just bumped into the tip of the iceberg called South America, and there are layers and layers of experiences to be had in this wonderful hemisphere.
Blondy sleeps on the Stahlratte tonite, and tomorrow we start our journey towards Jamaica and Cuba, with a landing in Isla Mujeres on May 25th..
Back in the teeth business...
She does look kind of shiny, doesn't she???
The journey to Mexico begins....I am sending up some Caribbean weather to my snow-bound Canadian and European friends...start planning your riding season...off the grid until June...Dave